Who Are We?

Ground & Water’s mission:

“To ​be the geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultancy of choice for small to medium sized building developments in London and the south of England.”

We are a young, dynamic business. We are firm believers in teamwork and while we take a no-nonsense approach to the serious business of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. We pride ourselves in remaining a very approachable and accessible consultancy, with family values, a sense of humour and desire to become a key part of our clients’ teams. Your geotechnical and environmental partner.

Our directors met in 1998 while studying for their professional qualifications at Southampton University. Sharing similar values, they strive to ensure Ground & Water is a highly responsive, hands on company that takes pride in its work to deliver sound practical advice and quality driven results for its clients. We consider our values of attention to detail and customer service as of the upmost importance and our team goes the extra mile to ensure our clients have the information they require when they need it.

Our Management Team

Dipalee Jukes


Dipalee read Geology at Southampton University graduating as a Master of Geology in 2002. It was here in 1998 she met co-director Francis Williams.

After graduation Dipalee held a geo-environmental engineer position at a Geotechnical and environmental consultancy for three years before being promoted to senior geo-environmental engineer. A post she held for two and half years.

In 2009 Dipalee set up Ground & Water with Francis. Based in London, Dipalee’s specialist field is geo-environmental but her main responsibility is managing and developing the business, including looking after finance and human resources. She is a member of the Geological Society of London, a member of the Society for Brownfield Risk Assessment and is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.

A working mother, in her spare time Dipalee enjoys home renovation, cooking, and skiing. She has also been known to do the occasional bungee jump!

Francis Williams


Francis graduated from Southampton University in 2002 with a Master of Geology degree.

Having spent a year as a geoenvironmental technician at a regional environmental consultancy, he then spent six years as a geoenvironmental engineer and senior engineer, as well as holding the position of associate director.

Francis founded Ground & Water with Dipalee in 2009. Francis is responsible for the operational side of the business and is a contaminated land specialist. He is also a Chartered Geologist from the Geological Society of London.

Francis is a member of the Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists, the Society for Brownfield Risk Assessment and is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences.

In his spare time, Francis runs a small vineyard and winery, is a Chartered Environmentalist and plays rugby.

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